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Automotive Handbook, 8th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-97556-4
1266 pages
July 2011
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The 8th edition of the world’s definitive automotive technology reference marks Bosch’s 125th anniversary. Now significantly updated, this book is a must for engineers working in the car industry.

The Automotive Handbook is the flagship publication in the BOSCH handbook series on different automotive technologies; one of the most definitive sets of reference books that automotive engineers have at their disposal, and now translated into 11 different languages. 2011 marks the 125th anniversary for BOSCH, and their longstanding expertise and innovative technologies are documented in this new edition that contains just about anything relevant to automobile design, development and quality engineering.

As progress in the field of automotive engineering has grown apace it has expanded from 96 pages in 1936, to 1258 pages today. This new edition is significantly updated, with key changes including more emphasis on electrical systems, and a new chapter on driver assistance systems. Very highly regarded throughout the automotive industry, it is used as a quick easy reference and to deliver the detail necessary for more complex ideas.

  • Concise technical data and insights
  • Increased emphasis on electrical systems, and a new chapter on driver assistance systems.
  • 1,000+ diagrams, illustrations, sectional drawings and tables
  • Handy conversion charts and an easy-to-use topic index
  • Features contributions from experts in automotive manufacturers, universities and Bosch itself
  • Pocket sized for everyday use
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Basic principles of physics

Quantities and units 22

Basic equations used in mechanics 34

Vibrations and oscillations 40

Acoustics 46

Hydrostatics 52

Fluid mechanics 53

Thermodynamics 56

Electrical engineering 60

Electronics 80

Electrochemistry 99

Mathematics and methods

Mathematics 104

Finite-element method 108

Control engineering 116


Chemical elements 122

Substances 126

Materials 135

Properties of metallic materials 144

Properties of non-metallic materials 167

Heat treatment of metallic materials 182

Corrosion and corrosion protection 194

Deposits and coatings 203

Operating fluids

Lubricants 208

Fuels 220

Brake fluids 236

Coolants 238

Machine parts

Springs 240

Sliding bearings 246

Roller bearings 255

Gears and tooth systems 260

Belt drives 270

Chain drives 278

Joining and bonding techniques

Detachable connections 282

Permanent joints 304

Vehicle physics

Basic terms of automotive engineering 314

Motor-vehicle dynamics 324

Aerodynamics 354

Vehicle acoustics 360

Internal-combustion engines

Internal-combustion engines 366

Mixture formation, combustion, emissions 376

Charge cycle and supercharging 392

Reciprocating-piston engine 404

Wankel rotary engine 442

Engine cooling 446

Engine lubrication 456

Air filtration 459

Turbochargers and superchargers 462

Exhaust-gas system 480

Emission-control and diagnosis legislation

Emission-control legislation 488

Exhaust-gas measuring techniques 510

Diagnostics 520

Management for spark-ignition engines

Management for spark-ignition engines 534

Cylinder charge 542

Fuel supply 546

Mixture formation 559

Ignition 570

Catalytic exhaust-gas treatment 586

Alternative gasoline-engine operation

LPG operation 592

Engines fueled by natural gas 596

Management for diesel engines

Management for diesel engines 602

Fuel supply system (low-pressure stage) 606

Common-rail injection system 612

Time-controlled single-cylinder pump system 626

Diesel distributor injection pumps 630

Start-assist systems 636

Exhaust-gas treatment 639

Alternative drives

Hybrid drives 646

Fuel cells for the vehicle drive 658


Drivetrain 664

Chassis systems

Chassis systems 684

Suspension 694

Shock absorbers and vibration absorbers 706

Wheel suspensions 714

Wheels 722

Tires 732

Tire-pressure monitoring system 746

Steering 748

Brake systems 760

Brake systems for passenger cars 776

Electrohydraulic brake 780

Brake systems for commercial vehicles 784

Wheel brakes 802

Chassis control and active safety

Antilock braking system 806

Traction control system 818

Driving-dynamics control system 822

Integrated driving-dynamics control systems 846

Vehicle bodies

Road-vehicle systematic 852

Vehicle bodies, passenger cars 854

Vehicle bodies, commercial vehicles 868

Lighting equipment 876

Automotive windshield and window glass 914

Windshield, rear-window and headlamp cleaning systems 920

Passive safety

Occupant-protection systems 928

Vehicle security systems

Locking systems 938

Theft-deterrent systems 946

Automotive electrics

Vehicle electrical systems 948

Starter batteries 962

Electrical machines 970

Alternators 986

Starting systems 996

Actuators 1002

Wiring harnesses and plug-in connections 1008

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and interference suppression 1014

Symbols and circuit diagrams 1022

Automotive software engineering 1044

Automotive networking 1064

Buses in motor vehicles 1071

Architecture of electronic systems 1090

Sensors 1100

Mechatronics 1164

Comfort and convenience

Passenger-compartment climate control 1170

Comfort and convenience functions in the passenger compartment 1182

User interface, telematics and multimedia 1184

Display and control 1184

Radio and TV reception in motor vehicles 1192

Traffic telematics 1199

EU recording equipment 1200

Driver-assistance systems

Driver-assistance systems 1202

Parking systems 1206

Vehicle navigation 1210

Adaptive Cruise Control 1214

Predictive emergency-assistance systems 1220

Video-based driver-assistance systems 1222

Night-vision systems 1224


Technical terms 1228

Abbreviations 1258

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